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WBBL Review 2014-15 | Week 5; Wildcats thump Northumbria, Cardiff & Sheffield impress

Feature  – Cardiff hold on to top Riders

Cardiff Met Archers vs Leicester Riders

Home-court advantage was once again in play for Cardiff Met Archers, who kept their unbeaten home record intact with a 66-65 victory against Leicester Riders despite wasting a huge first-half lead. The Welsh side, now 3-2, have won all three of their games at the Archers Arena.

Cardiff enjoyed a very solid start and established an early double-digit lead with Kate Butters knocking down a jumper to make it 19-8. Although the Riders did get within 24-19 in the second period, the Archers went on an 18-4 run to finish the half with a 42-23 advantage.

However, after a solid third quarter Leicester cut the gap to 52-44 and, with momentum on their side, got even closer in the fourth period. With a couple of minutes remaining, the visitors pulled within a single point at 61-60, but the Archers managed to hold on.

Judit Fritz collected a game-high 22 points for Cardiff, with Sarah Wagstaff and Stef Collins chipping in with 11 and 10 points respectively, while Georgia Jones had 19 points for the Riders.

Results

WBBL Championship

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 73 (17,37,57) (Naylor 20, Gandy 16, Cooney 8, Reese 8)
Sevenoaks Suns 49
(7,22,32) (Bright 22, Busch 7, Nikitinaite 6)

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters got back to winning ways in the WBBL Championship on Saturday with a 73-49 victory against the visiting Sevenoaks Suns at the All Saints High School to improve to a 3-1 record in the league.

Cardiff Met Archers 66 (21,42,52) (Fritz 22, Wagstaff 11, Collins 10)
Leicester Riders
65 (11,23,44) (Jones 19, Evans 15, Bratka 10)

See feature above.

Leeds Beckett University 45 (8,24,35) (Roka 19, Joyce 7, Gray 7, Bloemen 7)
Brixton Topcats 72
(14,26,39) (Karumba 17, Da Silva 12, Watkins 10)

A spectacular performance on both ends of the court in the fourth quarter was enough for Brixton Topcats to claim their first win of the season in the WBBL Championship after shaking off Leeds Beckett University for a 72-45 victory on the road.

Manchester Mystics 70 (16,26,45) (Page 19, McLaughlin 16, Moss 12)
Barking Abbey Crusaders 60 (16,27,47) (Brantlova 16, Adebayo 15, Lowe 11)

Manchester Mystics bounced back after two losses in a row and put up another victory on the board in the WBBL Championship after edging Barking Abbey Crusaders 70-60 at home in Manchester.

Nottingham Wildcats 89 (18,33,65) (Prior 24, Pressley 19, Donders 13, Reynold 13)
Team Northumbria 50
(10,18,32) (Manigrasso 13, Thomson 9, Mobley 9)

Nottingham Wildcats celebrated an emphatic 89-50 win against the previously undefeated Team Northumbria, improving to the 6-0 mark in the WBBL Championship and maintaining the top spot in the standings.

Table

TEAM P W L Pts
Nottingham Wildcats 6 6 0 12
Team Northumbria 5 4 1 8
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 4 3 1 6
Leicester Riders 5 3 2 6
Cardiff Met Archers 5 3 2 6
Manchester Mystics 5 3 2 6
Barking Abbey Crusaders 6 2 4 4
Brixton Topcats 5 1 4 2
Sevenoaks Suns 5 1 4 2
Leeds Beckett University 6 0 6 0

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